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Wallkill Valley (0-1) @ Hackettstown (1-0)


Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Hackettstown was able to just get by Dover last week. The majority of the damage done by the Tigers was on the ground, with Kyle Salazar leading the way (114 yds, TD). Look for the same approach by Hackettstown as they ground and pound past Wallkill Valley. PICK: Hackettstown 24-7
Brian Kenney: I came within one point of predicting the win for H-Town last week. (Why would I say 22 instead of 21? Ugh!!) So even though I don’t know anything about high school football, I’m pretty darn good at this prediction stuff. Ha! Anyway, Look for Matty O’Brien to throw more in this one to get past the Valley, and H-Town will going away. PICK: H-Town 28-14
George Muha: There are two words H-Town needs to know coming into this game – Aidan Murray. The D-end is basically a college player playing high school football. I do think Kyle “The Salad Bar” Salazar and Matt “Ken” O’Brien will be productive enough for the Tigers to get it done. But only after Murray dishes out a whoopin’. PICK: H-Town 30-21

Newton (1-0) @ Lenape Valley (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Lenape Valley lost a thriller to rival Madison in Week 1 so look for Jay Pruden and the Patriots to bounce back and put up monster numbers against the Braves. The Patriots WILL NOT start their season 0-2. PICK: Lenape Valley 35-27
Brian Kenney: Newton had a nice win last week and The Valley lost a barn burner in Madison. This week the Valley is at home and all amped up to even their record. There is no question Newton can rush, as evidenced by Chase Cramer’s 218 yards and 2 scores last week. But the Valley will throw and pass and look for Jay Pruden to be the difference-maker here, throwing for over 200 yards and 2 scores in this one. PICK: The Valley 35-27
George Muha: I am telling you this is the Game of the Week for sure! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Newton this year. I also bet you that Chase Cramer finishes as a Top 10 rusher in the state. Trust me. But here is why I am going to Lenape Valley in this one. First of all, it’s a home game. Secondly, last week the Pats were masterful despite losing to Madison. And stars like Leyden or Josephs weren’t even the guys making plays. Nope, it was guys like Scott Prior and Chris Grube? I know, I don’t know who they are either but the point is as opposing defenses focus on the big names, LV has a ton of guys ready to make plays. PICK: Pats 40-39

Newark Central (1-0) @ Hanover Park (1-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Hornets put up 49 points in Week 1. Not a bad offensive output to get the 2016 season started. Newark Central will bark but won’t have enough bite. PICK: Hanover Park 28-14
Brian Kenney: I don’t know much about Newark Central besides they are located in Newark and they won a game. But do I need to know anything about them? HP is just warming up, and the combo of Casolaro and DeLuca on the Hornets’ offense is insane. They accounted for 6 of the 7 TDs that HP scored last week. Let’s not forget TE Eric Magnifico, not only can he catch but he was “Student of the Month” in September. What can’t these guys do? It’s the first game at home on the new turf, the crowd will be going nuts, and the youth football program from Florham Park and East Hanover will be running on the field prior to the game. Smells like a big victory for the Hornets. PICK: HP 35-13
George Muha: The hottest selling jersey right now at Hanover Park? Sean Conley’s home black #20 but of course. I’m getting to this game early to make I get a medium for my son and a large for myself (okay XL…alright, alright XXL). Conley will be his stellar self, but it will be all Donato Casolaro as he dashes for over 100-yards rushing and passes for over 200-yards. PICK: Hornets 35-10

Pequannock (0-0) @ Ramsey (1-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Ramsey has two games under their belt and Pequannock is playing their first game of the season. The Panthers are coming off a 9-2 season in 2015 and look for them to start 2016 in the win column. PICK: Pequannock: 17-10
Brian Kenney: The ‘Quan is happy to get out on the field after last week’s disaster. They will “clean up” the field with an outmatched Ramsey squad. PICK: The ‘Quan 24-21
George Muha: Nothing clears up a team-wide illness better than a “W”. Look for the ‘Nock to make a statement with a big time away win. Sean Klimek and Luc “Jon Bon-Jovi” Bongiovanni steal the show. PICK: ‘Nock 40-34

Parsippany (1-0) @ Caldwell (1-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Parsippany took Mountain Lakes to upset city and left them in the dust! Their Week 1 win against ‘The Herd’ is a great victory for the program. Look for them to ride that wave against Caldwell. PICK: Parsippany 21-14
Brian Kenney: Great job by Parsippany last week! They certainly proved me wrong. To that end, since I don’t know if I ever pick them to win, I don’t want to jinx them by picking them this week. So, while I think they have a great shot at beating Caldwell, I will do them a favor and pick Caldwell to win so I don’t buck the trend of picking whoever plays them. PICK: Caldwell 14-7
George Muha: I bet some people might think I am a prediction god for picking the Redhawks to upset Mt Lakes last week. Frankly, I liked the way they matched up against the Herd. This week I think things are going to swing the other way though. I still think Big John Burk helps Grieco and Aguyemang to combine for over a 150-yards rushing. But it won’t be enough to fend off the Chiefs. PICK: Caldwell 33-25

Lincoln (0-1) @ Mountain Lakes (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Life doesn’t get any easier for Darrell Fusco’s group and they’ll look to bounce after their loss to Parsippany as they take on Lincoln (Jersey City). However, that is easier said than done. Mountain Lakes drops to 0-2 to start the season. PICK: Lincoln 27-17
Brian Kenney: I have never heard of Lincoln, besides the fact that he was a President a million years ago. I wonder if they wear those big top hats instead of helmets. That would be funny. The Lakes are rebuilding this year, they are young and they are short on size (no pun intended). Hopefully Baker the TD Maker does his namesake and they win their home opener. PICK: The Lakes 20-13
George Muha: Okay, everyone just chill out about Mt. Lakes. They are not rebuilding or falling apart. Everybody gets nipped in butt once in a while. But Parsippany??? Alright, alright…I’ll stop. The Herd rights their ship this week in blowout fashion as they use this game to burn off steam. PICK: Herd 40-14

Butler (1-0) @ North Warren (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Butler had no problems against Glen Ridge, winning convincingly 28-7. Runningback William Verrico had himself a day rushing for three scores. North Warren gave up 48 points in Week 1, they may have a little deja vu in Week 2. PICK: Butler 40-7
Brian Kenney: Butler’s O-Line put on a clinic last week, allowing Billy Verrico and Sean “50” Cent(inaro) to rush for 300 yards last week combined. That will continue this week in a Bulldogs win. PICK: Butler 21-13
George Muha: How about Will “The Thrill” Verrico busting out for 200 and 3 TDs last week! In this one it’s going to be Dom “DaBomb” Gentile who will be racking up the yards and TDs through the air. PICK: Butler 43-13

Weequahic @ Boonton (0-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Boonton, 9-2 in 2015, gets their season started taking on Weequahic from Newark. While it is a long ride from Newark to Boonton, the Indians will look to spoil the Bombers season opener. PICK: Weequahic 30-21
Brian Kenney: Boonton is happy to get on the field finally after working their butts off for months in practice. It will show, as they tear it up at home in a blowout. PICK: The Boots 35-12
George Muha: The Bomber players will be wearing a gold ribbon decal on their helmets during this game. The gold ribbon is the color for childhood cancer awareness. They are doing this in support of Vanessa Morales, the nine-year-old sister of sophomore player Erik Morales, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at the age of 4.5. But don’t worry, this story has a great ending. After battling through aggressive chemo treatments, blood transfusions, surgeries and side effects that you don’t even want to think about, Vanessa is 9-years-old now and cancer free. Vanessa will be an honorary captain of this game and will participate in the coin toss. The Boonton booster club will also have collection cans at the snack shack and will be selling pins and t-shirts. Lincoln Park’s Meg’s UnbelievaBOW Boutique is the company that made the decals and will be selling some handcrafted items. All of the proceeds will go to St. Judes Children Hospital so other families can have the opportunity to have the same outcome as the Morales family. Back to my prediction…there is no way the Bombers are dropping this one in front of little Vanessa. Considering she’ll be the toughest person on the field that night, no player will want to face her on the sideline if they were losing. Heck, I betchya Coach Gallagher sneaks her in to carry the ball in goal line situations. PICK: Boots 32-21

Morris Catholic (0-1) @ Hudson Catholic (1-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Morris Catholic travels to Hudson County in Week 2 and if the bus ride is long going there, it may be longer on the ride back. PICK: Hudson Catholic 28-7
Brian Kenney: It’s the battle of the Catholics!!! Can’t they just get along??? Apparently not, but after MC lost a close one last week they will be ready to rock and roll. PICK: MC 14-10
George Muha: DT Zach Seib avenges last week’s loss with a three sack performance. No pressure! PICK: Crusaders 30-28

Morristown (0-1) @ Randolph (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Randolph had a rough outing in Week 1 losing to Sparta 40-7 but look for the Rams to bounce back against Mo-town. PICK: Randolph 13-6
Brian Kenney: The Rams had a rough week last week. It’s not going to improve this week. Look for Jake Buchner to throw for a few scores against the Rams in a big win. PICK: Morristown 27-14
George Muha: How about Jake “The Snake” Buchner busting on the scene for the Colonials last week at QB. He and his athletic teammates will make it a battle against the Rams. But runningback Carlo Zarro will carve his trademark “Z” in the field right after he powers his way to give Randolph their first “W”. PICK: Rams 24-23

West Essex (1-0) @ West Morris (1-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Wolfpack had one of the tougher tests in Week 1 taking on Parsippany Hills and they passed with flying colors winning 34-28. They cannot sleep on West Essex otherwise we’ll have an upset on our hands. PICK: West Morris 20-13
Brian Kenney: Cole “Trickle” Draghi will run for over 150 yards and 2 scores in a dismantling of West Essex this week. PICK: WM 34-19
George Muha: What a wild Week 1 for the Wolpfack. You got to love the heart they showed in getting that away victory. After that, there is no way they are going to drop their home opener in front of their nutty fans. Look for the Draghi to continue to slay his opponents. PICK: WMC 32-24

Wayne Hills (1-1) @ Roxbury (1-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Can I take a mulligan in this game? I really hate making this pick. If you know me… you’ll know why. I’m flipping a coin, heads it’s Roxbury, tails, Wayne Hills. It landed tails, Hills’s wins. PICK: Wayne Hills 28-14
Brian Kenney: The Hills don’t really have much of a shot against the Gaels in this one. Look for “Ray” Donovan Brady to throw for three scores in this one and run for another. Meanwhile Justin Werder will run for at least one score as well. PICK: Gaels 28-14
George Muha: I love how junior Roxbury QB Donovan Brady stepped up to lead the Gaels to their first win. His future looks bright and the Gaels have a lot going for them. But I think their win streak will stop short this weekend as a very good Wayne Hills comes to town. PICK: WH 33-20

Morris Knolls (1-0) @ Morris Hills (1-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Battle of Rockaway hits the gridiron in Week 2. Both teams put up big numbers on offense last week so this one may come down to who has the ball last. With Nate Howell leading the way, I’m going with Knolls. PICK Morris Knolls 35-28
Brian Kenney: Both teams are happy with their performances last week, and they should be. I think that the advantage in this one goes to Knolls and their stud RB Nate Howell. Look for Daymon Felming to throw more in this one, and maybe it tips the scales in the Hills’ favor. PICK: Knolls 21-20
George Muha: I am totally on the Morris Hills bandwagon this year. They have everything I love in a football team. A stud QB, a legit runningback and a defense who plays like someone said something about their mother. The latter will be the reason the Hill’s is the victor in this one behind Devin “Veer Killer” Caruso. PICK: Hills 35-30

Mendham (0-1) @ Mount Olive (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Mount Olive ran into a buzz saw in Week 1 and will look to rebound against Mendham. Quarterback Liam Anderson threw for over 100 yards last week but couldn’t find the endzone. That will change against the Minutemen. PICK: Mount Olive 20-10
Brian Kenney: Both of these teams put up fights last week in losses, so it will be a barn burner in Mount Olive this week. Look for Liam Anderson to throw for 200 yards and 2 scores for Mount Olive as they barely get by Mendham in this one. Mendham’s Zack Polley and Braden Stagg will be tackling everyone (even the water boys) in this one, but they will just fall short. PICK: Mt. Olive 14-13
George Muha: You could put Mendham senior runningback Jack Anderson in gladiator armor and give him a sword and send him back to the Colosseum in Roman times and he’d be one of the fan favorites. This kid is a total warrior. Mt Olive is about to find out what I’m talking about. PICK: Mendham 35-28

Sparta (1-0) @ Montville (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Spartans put up big numbers on offense last week and Montville is simply in the way heading into this matchup. Expect big performances from Matt Maute and Alex Miliken as they roll over the Mustangs. PICK: 35-10
Brian Kenney: Montville played well despite losing, and part of the reason was Mike Trezza’s play at the QB position. He will play well again, but the Mustangs are in for a long day against this Sparta team. Sparta’s Matt Maute will throw for 3 scores and Alex Miliken will catch one of them and run for two more in this one. PICK: Sparta 42-20
George Muha: Sparta is like “America’s Team” of Morris Sussex with stud QB in Matt Maute, the big offensive line who romps on teams and star runningback in Alex Milliken who the Junior Spartans try to emulate on park fields. Trust me, Montville as a program is on a big upswing. But they’ll have to get past this game before their momentum kicks in. PICK: Sparta 40-30

Vernon (1-0) @ Jefferson (1-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Falcons escaped in their Week 1 victory over High Point but I don’t think they make it out of this one with the same result. PICK: Vernon 31-17
Brian Kenney: J-Town won a close one against High Point last week and Vernon proved me wrong while beating Montville. So, who wins this one? Gotta go with the home team in front of their cray cray fans. Connor “What can” Brown “Do For You” will score twice on the ground and the Jefferson Defense went insane last week. Jakova, Leming, and Sinisgali all combined for over 30 tackles. It’s going to be a rough one. PICK: J-Town 34-12
George Muha: I love how Vernon came out of the gate with a big Week 1 win. Austin Krzyak showed not only does he have a cool last name but he can also play. Vernon has all of the upside in the world. But this will be Connor “Jim” Brown’s team and I don’t see him allowing the Vikes to getting the “W” in front of his home crowd. PICK: Jefferson 39-29

West Milford (0-1) @ High Point (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: High Point’s Chad Musilli will lead the way for the Wildcats and he will be vital in getting his squad a much needed ‘W’ against the Highlanders. PICK: High Point 24-14
Brian Kenney: I got my rescue dog from West Milford. So I have a special place in my heart for that town. Forget pure breeds, go to a shelter and rescue a dog!! Anyway, that really doesn’t have anything to do with this game. I think Chad “Fusilli” Musilli will run for a bunch of yards and at least one score in a nice win for the High Pointers. PICK: HP 21-14
George Muha: Nobody comes to Chad Musilli’s house and pushes the Wildcats around. Watch the RB show he is far better than a one-week wonder.  PICK: High Point 21-14

Saturday Afternoon Delights

Hopatcong (1-0) @ Shabazz (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: While the Chiefs will bring toughness and grit to the football field on Saturday, I am not sure if they will be able to match-up with the size and speed of Shabazz. Hopatcong needs to win the time of possession battle and avoid turnovers if they want to keep this game within striking distance. I don’t think that will happen. PICK: Shabazz 28-14
Brian Kenney: I was way off about Hopatcong last week, but won’t make that mistake this week. Look for Jake “Mohammad” Wilkerson to run for 2 scores and 150 yards in this one. PICK: The Cong 28-6
George Muha: As Shabazz likely focuses on trying to stop Hopatcong’s Jake Wilkerson, look for senior QB Bart Yarosz to light it up like a Christmas tree. PICK: DaCong 32-20

Morristown-Beard (1-0) @ Sussex Tech (1-0)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Both teams put up big numbers on offense in Week 1 but the Crimson get a tougher draw when they square off against Sussex Tech on Saturday. The Fighting Mustangs improve to 2-0. PICK: Sussex Tech 30-28
Brian Kenney: I am pretty proud to say I’m the only one of the three predictors who got the Sussex Tech game right. At the same time I was wrong about the Beard, and really, really wrong. Then “Blue” Valentine went bananas, running for almost 300 yards and 8 million touchdowns last week. I don’t know if the Techies can stop Mr. Valentine. What are they feeding the O-Line at the Beard, as Declan “Luck of the Irish” Kelly also broke the century mark rushing. I don’t think ST can stop these guys. Richie Hoffman from ST and company will slow them down, but not stop them. PICK: Beard 21-12
George Muha: Sussex Tech will have a hard time containing MoBeard’s Tahj-manian Devil. But in the end lefty QB Tyler Crum will be dishing out too much offense for the Beards to keep up with. PICK: Stangs 40-24

Pope John (1-0) @ Malvern Prep PA (1-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Lions defense put up a great effort last week only allowing seven points against Blair. With the duo of Amir Porter and Dalyn Wade-Perry anchoring the defensive unit, expect another strong effort. PICK: Pope John 20-14
Brian Kenney: Pope John playing a random team from PA. Are they worried? I doubt it. Pope John is pretty close to PA anyway. What do I know about Malvern Prep? Nothing. What do I need to know? Nothing, except that they won’t be able to stop Berrell “Shaquille” O’Neal, who will run for 175 yards and 2 scores in this one. PICK: PJ 30-20
George Muha: The Johnnies haven’t even unleashed the Hranicka-to-Dolan weapon yet. Look for Coach Carlson to dish out heavy doses of Berrell Neal early before he begins his aerial attack. PICK: Johnnies 45-40

Delbarton (1-0) @ St. Joe’s (Mont.)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Delbarton takes on national power St. Joseph (Montvale) and for the Green Knights this is a homecoming for them as they spent their first two games on the road. They split their two out of state road games against Junipero Serra (CA) and St. John’s (MD) and now Nick Patti and his crew will look to get back into the win column. Unfortunately, Delbarton just so happens to be in the way. PICK: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 34-14
Brian Kenney: Here we go with Delby playing some random school from who knows where. But does it matter? Last week UVA Bound Andrew Papantonis, Luca Tria and Tony Siragusa ran for over 200 combined yards. This week they may reach 300 yards. Passing? Who needs passing? PICK: Green Wave 35-17
George Muha: I’ve heard a lot of chatter that these Bergen teams are all licking their lips at the prospect of playing Delbarton with the new Super Conference.  I don’t know what people are talking about.  I see linemen Lyons, Lenz, Maciejewski, Anderson and Huston making a statement to the Super Conference that they can hang with with the big boys no problem.  PICK:  Delby 35-30

Parsippany Hills (0-1) @ Chatham (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Vikings lost a nail biter against West Morris and you know going 0-2 is not an option for this group. Look for them to take their frustrations out and even their record against the Cougars. PICK: Par Hills 27-17
Brian Kenney: I have to say I was surprised Hills lost last week but it happens. I’m pretty good at predicting stuff even though I generally have no clue. Anyway, this week Nick Verducci will have another great game in solid win for the Hills in Chatham. PICK: Hills 27-20
George Muha: Par Hills’ was an unlucky break or two from being 1-0. They will vindicate themselves with an away win in hostile territory. PICK: Par Hills 45-23

Dover (0-1) @ Kittatinny (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: No one wants to start their season 0-2 and for Dover they have the best chance of evening their record in their Saturday match-up against Kittatinny. PICK: Dover 17-10
Brian Kenney: Dover played well last week despite losing and they look to build on the positives this week. Kittatinny will put up a tough fight at home but I think the Tigers will win this one. PICK: Dover 14-10
George Muha: I say Masyn, you say Sanchez. Masyn. Sanchez. Okay, it would sound much better if I were in front of a crowd. I foresee Dover Nation doing that chant a lot in this game. Kittatinny’s RB Cody Romano will make it close but the Tigers prevail. PICK: Dover 28-27

Madison (1-0) @ Verona (0-1)

Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: Madison v Lenape Valley in Week 1 was by far the game of the week in my opinion. Hopefully, the Dodgers have a short memory and have moved on. Madison can’t overlook Verona as the Hillbillies are looking to rebound after an opening day loss to Hoboken. Dodgers stick this one out in another tough battle. PICK: Madison 20-14
Brian Kenney: Madison won a barn burner last week, the crowd was going so nuts I could hear the crowd from my house in a neighboring town. Look for the man named after a working-class town in New Jersey to run for 200 yards in this one as Mike Kearney scores 3 TDS in dismantling of Verona. PICK: Madison 38-17
George Muha: Okay Madison, it’s time we bring this show on the road. I expect a victory bus picture to be tweeted at me by 4pm on Saturday afternoon. PICK: Dodgers 45-30

Kinnelon (1-0) @ Whippany Park (1-0)


Dan Exter from Layups 4 Life: The Wildcats squeaked by Morris Catholic winning 14-12. Look for them to have just enough to get by Kinnelon and start their season 2-0. PICK: Whippany Park 14-7
Brian Kenney: Kinnelon’s defense played awesome last week, one of the standouts was Richie Hoffman, who had three sacks. Look for the pressure on the QB to continue this week and Ireland’s Native Son Seamus Nelson will run for a buck fifty and two scores in a Kinnelon win. PICK: Kinnelon 28-17
George Muha: I really like this match-up. I want to go with the home team so bad but I think Kinnelon’s Seamus “Jordy” Nelson will be too much for the ‘Cats to handle. PICK: Kinnelon 32-24

How We Predicted them Last Week

Dan: 13-8
Brian: 12-7
George: 13-8

About the Predictors

Dan Exter spent eight years as a producer for MSG Varsity and is the founder and director of Layups 4 Life, a non-for-profit that uses a wildly popular 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for cancer research.

Dan Exter is a Roxbury HS alumni that spent eight years as a producer for MSG Varsity and is the founder and director of Layups 4 Life, a non-for-profit that uses a wildly popular 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for cancer research.

Brian Kenney

Brian Daniel is a Hanover Park alumni who really has nothing to do with high school sports.  But he’s George Muha’s oldest friend and frequent crasher of his couch so George feels obligated to give him something to do.

George Muha is a Hanover Park alumni who has been covering high school football for nine years.  George is the founder of MSS and is also on the board of the Greater Morris Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

George Muha is a Hanover Park alumni who has been covering high school football for nine years.  George is the founder of MSS and proud board member of the Greater Morris Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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